59 days in South Korea Itinerary

59 days in South Korea Itinerary

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59 days in South Korea Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Seosan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Buyeo-gun
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Gwangju
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Haenam-gun
— 2 nights
Travel:  5​h 30​min
5
Jeju, Jeju Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seoul
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Sokcho
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Samcheok
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Pyeongchang-gun
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Andong
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
11
Gyeongju
— 4 nights
12
Busan
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  28​h
End: Portland

2
nights
Seosan

Seosan ©
Buseoksa Temple and Sudeoksa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Batgae Beach and Taeanhaean National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Paradise Spa Dogo (in Asan) and Ami Art Museum (in Dangjin).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seosan holiday maker site .

Portland, USA to Seosan is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Seosan is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in July; daily highs in Seosan reach 86°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Buyeo-gun.

Things to do in Seosan

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trips

Taean-gun, Paradise Spa Dogo, Sudeoksa Temple, AMI Art Museum
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Taeanhaean National Park ©
Taeanhaean National Park
Sudeoksa Temple ©
Sudeoksa Temple
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple

3
nights
Buyeo-gun

Buyeo-gun ©
Gungnamji Pond and Gongsanseong will appeal to history buffs. Buyeo National Museum and Baekje History Reproduction Complex will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Buyeo-gun's surroundings by going to Gongju (Gapsa temple & Magoksa Temple) and Boryeong (Gaehwa Art Park & Muchangpo Beach).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Buyeo-gun day trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seosan to Buyeo-gun. In July, daily temperatures in Buyeo-gun can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gwangju.

Things to do in Buyeo-gun

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gongju, Boryeong
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Busosanseong ©
Busosanseong
Baekje History Reproduction Complex ©
Buyeo National Museum
Buyeo National Museum

5
nights
Gwangju

Gwangju ©
Gwangju is the sixth largest city in South Korea. Get a sense of the local culture at Gwanghallu and Wolbongseowon. Head to U.Square Cultural Center and Asia Culture Centerfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Gwangju side-trips: Gurye-gun (Saseongam Temple 四聖庵 & Hwaeomsa Temple), Mokpo (Korean National Maritime Museum & Kim Dae Jung Nobel Peace Prize Memorial Hall) and Unjusa (in Hwasun-gun). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mudeungsan National Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Peace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gwangju Confucian School, and explore the activities along Pungam Reservoir.

You can plan Gwangju trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Buyeo-gun to Gwangju takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Buyeo-gun, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Gwangju, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Haenam-gun.

Things to do in Gwangju

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gurye-gun, Mokpo, Gwanghallu Pavilion, Bulgapsa Temple, Unjusa
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Gwanghallu Pavilion ©
Gwanghallu Pavilion
Mudeungsan National Park ©
Mudeungsan National Park
Bulgapsa Temple ©
Bulgapsa Temple

2
nights
Haenam-gun

Haenam-gun ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll around Duryunsan Mountain Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daedunsa Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihwangsa Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dosolam Hermitage. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Haenam Dinosaur Museum, get great views at Gobau Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muwisa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Baengnyeonsa Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Dasan Chodang (Dasan Jeong Yak-yong historical site).

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Haenam-gun trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gwangju to Haenam-gun. July in Haenam-gun sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Jeju.

Things to do in Haenam-gun

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gangjin-gun
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Dosolam Hermitage ©
Dosolam Hermitage
Haenam Dinosaur Museum ©
Haenam Dinosaur Museum
Daeheungsa ©
Daeheungsa

7
nights
Jeju, Jeju Island

Jeju ©
The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO.
You'll get in some beach time at Hyeopjae Beach and Gimnyeong Seonsegi Beach. Hallim Park and The Islander are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Jeju's surroundings by going to Seogwipo (Scuba & Snorkeling, Alive Museum, & more). The adventure continues: stroll through Geomunoreum, enjoy the sand and surf at Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Manjanggul Cave, and take a peaceful walk through Bijarim Forest.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jeju trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Haenam-gun to Jeju. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Seogwipo
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Hyeopjae Beach ©
Hyeopjae Beach
Hamdeok Beach ©
Hamdeok Beach
Bijarim Forest ©
Bijarim Forest

6
nights
Seoul

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Cheonggyecheon Stream and Bukhansan National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trickeye Museum Seoul and Creative Life Store KEY. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, don't miss a visit to Insadong, get great views at N Seoul Tower, and steep yourself in history at Jongmyo Shrine.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Seoul trip planning app .

Getting from Jeju to Seoul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daily temperatures in Seoul can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sokcho.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Trickeye Museum Seoul ©
Trickeye Museum Seoul
Insadong ©
Insadong

5
nights
Sokcho

Sokcho ©
Tourism in Sokcho mostly revolves around the local national park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Escape the urban bustle at Gyeongpo Beach and Gangmun Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Naksansa Temple and Ojukheon. Get out of town with these interesting Sokcho side-trips: Sacheonjin Beach (in Gangneung), Goseong-gun (Songjiho Beach & Bongpo Beach) and Naksan Beach (in Yangyang-gun). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Seoraksan National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Ulsanbawi Rock, go for a walk through Cheonjin Beach, and take in the natural beauty of Cheoksan Foot Spa Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sokcho itinerary planner .

Drive from Seoul to Sokcho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Samcheok.

Things to do in Sokcho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gangneung, Goseong-gun, Yangyang-gun
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Gyeongpo Beach ©
Gyeongpo Beach
Naksansa Temple ©
Naksansa Temple
Ulsanbawi Rock ©
Ulsanbawi Rock

4
nights
Samcheok

Samcheok ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chuam Beach and Taebaeksan Provincial Park. Escape the urban bustle at Mureung Valley and Mangsang Beac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Samcheok: Taebaek Coal Museum (in Taebaek), Mukho Lighthouse Park (in Donghae) and Samtan Art Mine (in Jeongseon-gun).

Find out how to plan Samcheok trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sokcho to Samcheok. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Pyeongchang-gun.

Things to do in Samcheok

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Donghae, Taebaek, Samtan Art Mine
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Chuam Beach ©
Chuam Beach
Taebaek Coal Museum ©
Taebaek Coal Museum
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock) ©
Chotdaebawi (Candlestick Rock)

4
nights
Pyeongchang-gun

Pyeongchang-gun ©
A northern county in the Taebeak Mountain region of South Korea, Pyeongchang offers a plethora of year-round alpine resorts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Buseoksa Temple and Cheonglyeongpo. Appreciate the collections at Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall and Byeolmaro Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Pyeongchang-gun: Yeongwol-gun (Jangneung & Korean Peninsula-shaped Cliffs (Seonam Village)), Ondal Gwangwangji (in Danyang-gun) and Woraksan National Park (in Jecheon). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Jeongseon 5-day Market, make a trip to Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Daegwallyeong Agi Mokjang.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pyeongchang-gun trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Samcheok to Pyeongchang-gun with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Andong.

Things to do in Pyeongchang-gun

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yeongwol-gun, Jeongseon 5-day Market, Buseoksa Temple, Ondal Gwangwangji, Woraksan National Park
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:
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Woraksan National Park ©
Woraksan National Park
Buseoksa Temple ©
Buseoksa Temple
Jangneung ©
Jangneung

3
nights
Andong

Andong ©
Sitting along either side of the Nakdong River, Andong maintains an unrivalled reputation as a center for Korean folk and cultural heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Andong Hahoe Folk Village and Dosanseowon Confucian School. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sosuseowon Confucian School and Imcheonggak House. Take a break from Andong with a short trip to Juwangsan National Park in Cheongsong-gun, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bongjeongsa, examine the collection at Hahoe Mask Museum, and contemplate the long history of Andong Taesamyo.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Andong trip tool .

You can drive from Pyeongchang-gun to Andong in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Andong can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Gyeongju.

Things to do in Andong

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sosuseowon Confucian School, Juwangsan National Park
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:
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Andong Hahoe Folk Village ©
Andong Hahoe Folk Village
Dosanseowon Confucian School ©
Dosanseowon Confucian School
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy ©
Byeongsanseowon Confucian Academy

4
nights
Gyeongju

Gyeongju ©
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Republic of Korea, Gyeongju combines a rich cultural heritage with mountain and coastal scenery.
Bulguksa Temple and Yangdong Folk Village will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gyeongju National Museum and Anapji Pond. Take a break from Gyeongju with a short trip to Yeongildae Beach in Pohang, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cheonmachong Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golgulsa Temple, cool off at California Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Seokguram.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gyeongju trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Andong to Gyeongju by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Andong in August, expect nights in Gyeongju to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Busan.

Things to do in Gyeongju

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Yeongildae Beach
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Bulguksa Temple ©
Bulguksa Temple
Cheonmachong Tomb ©
Cheonmachong Tomb
Gyeongju Historic Area ©
Gyeongju Historic Area

9
nights
Busan

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beomeosa Temple and Gamcheon Culture Village. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gwangalli Beach and Hakdong Mongdol Beach. Step out of Busan to go to Geoje and see Sinseondae, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 25th (Tue) at some of the best spas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Haeundae Beach, take in the views from Gwangandaegyo Bridge, stroll through Songjeong Beach, and trek along Geumjeongsan Mountain.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Gyeongju to Busan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gyeongju in August, expect nights in Busan to be about the same, around 74°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Geoje
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 31:
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Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach
Songdo Beach ©
Songdo Beach

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